Areas of Expertise

With a clinical faculty of over 20 orthopedic surgeons, UC San Diego Health’s success in effectively treating a wide variety of orthopedic conditions is due in part to each team member’s high level of specialization.

Our areas of expertise include:

bullet Foot and Ankle

Foot and Ankle

We provide specialized treatment for foot and ankle injuries and disorders. These include cartilage and tendon injuries, arthritis, osteoarthritis, fractures, sports-related injuries, and other foot pain.

bullet Hand and Upper Extremity

Hand X-ray

For the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of hand, wrist, elbow, arm and shoulder problems, UC San Diego Health offers the most comprehensive treatment options in Southern California.

bullet Joint Care and Replacement

X-Ray of Hip JointOur joint care experts care for patients with degenerative joint disease, such as arthritis or pre-arthritic conditions, can receive advanced comprehensive care from an elite medical team.

bullet Orthopedic Oncology

Blood Cells

Our orthopedic oncologists specialize in the treatment of soft tissue and bone tumors. They work with a multidisciplinary team that includes medical oncologists, surgical pathologists and orthopedic radiologists at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center - one of the nation’s top centers for cancer management.

bullet Orthopedic Trauma

Joint X-ray

Our orthopedic trauma specialists treat patients who have sustained musculoskeletal injuries such as fractures, ligament or tendon tears and joint dislocations. We work collaboratively with neurosurgeons, vascular surgeons, urologists, and plastic surgeons to address the comprehensive medical needs of people who have experienced traumatic injuries.

bullet Pediatric Orthopedics

Child in Tree

UC San Diego Health’s pediatric orthopedics program at Rady Children's Hospital is ranked in the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

bullet Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Rehab Patient

Using nonoperative therapeutic methods, physical medicine specialists (physiatrists) treat musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, pain, repetitive stress injuries, and acute and chronic conditions. By tailoring physical therapy programs to patients' specific conditions, our physiatrists address a variety of injuries, with particular expertise in conditions affecting the back and neck.

bullet Spine

Spine Model

Our spine specialists are leaders in the care and treatment of back and neck pain and all types of spine disorders. UC San Diego is a hub of spine health research, where specialists are continually developing new surgical and nonsurgical procedures, technologies and minimally invasive treatments to effectively treat spinal conditions.

bullet Sports Medicine


UC San Diego's sports medicine specialists understand the urgency to put injuries behind you and get back to doing what you love. Our team is on the leading-edge of innovation, with access to the latest technological advances, diagnostic techniques and treatment strategies.